The provincial government has issued a request for proposals for an independent consultant to review and evaluate provincial school transportation policies and guidelines.
A news release notes the review will include an evaluation of service delivery models, school busing eligibility zones, courtesy seating arrangements, the delivery of driver training programs, an examination into the relative benefits of surveillance cameras and other technological equipment designed to enhance student safety.
“The focus of the consultant’s work will be to review current policies and practices and determine how to enhance school transportation services within existing budgets,” said Clyde Jackman, Minister of Education.
“Almost $48 million is currently spent on school transportation services each year — getting our students to and from their zoned schools in a safe and reliable manner. It is incumbent on us to determine whether that system is running as efficiently and effectively as possible, and what changes may be made to improve the existing service in both urban and rural areas of the province.”
The consultant’s work will involve a review of programs in other jurisdictions, including data collection and analysis of the current programs, policies and practices.
Information on current school busing policies and guidelines can be viewed at: www.ed.gov.nl.ca/edu/k12/busing/index.html.